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    Lightsabers at the ready in Kerry

    Lightsabers at the ready in Kerry

    Festival Programme announced for Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival from 3rd – 5th May 2019

    Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, today unveiled the programme of events for this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on the Wild Atlantic Way, including a host of fun activities for all-ages across the Kerry villages of Portmagee, Valentia Island and Ballyferriter.

    Celebrating May the 4th, the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe, this year’s festival will include a new geodesic space marquee in Portmagee, where fans can enjoy Yoda Yoga, lego building competitions and a Star Wars comic book expo.

    Also new this year, Dingle native and five time World Champion Dancer David Geaney will bring his hit Broadway show, Velocity, to Ballyferriter alongside a John Williams musical tribute to Princess Leia, performed by the Kerry School of Music Orchestra.

    Announcing the ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival programme, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said:
    “I’m delighted to announce an amazing programme of activity in Kerry for this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival. Following the success of the inaugural ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in May 2018, Fáilte Ireland has worked with local communities across Portmagee, Valentia Island and Ballyferriter to make this year’s festival bigger and better. As fans across the world celebrate May the 4th, the festival is a brilliant opportunity to promote Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way to a global audience.”

    Speaking about the festival programme, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Festivals and Events, Ciara Sugrue said:
    “We have a fantastic line up of events in Kerry this year, which not only celebrate the Star Wars Universe but the history and natural landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way, from guided walks of the filming locations to a lightsaber battle with over 100 lightsabers creating a truly amazing visual spectacle.

    “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival was designed to attract visitors to explore the West Coast, not only over the May the 4th weekend but throughout the year and I’d like to thank the local tourism industry in Kerry who have worked very hard to build the festival.”

    Filming for recent Star Wars films took place in locations across Kerry, Cork, Clare and Donegal. Following the success of Fáilte Ireland’s first ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, the festival will also take place in Malin Head, Donegal this year.
     


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